“Scare the boogey monster.”
It’s the advice Henry Foster gave his classmates when it came his time to offer some words for his Senior Voice speech in Baker Theater. A ’Wick Bruin for eight years, Foster tipped his hat to his fifth grade teacher, Mr. Callahan, and offered advice about the bogeyman and a few other tidbits of guidance.
“Don’t sleep on the bus ride home,” he told his classmates. “It’s always loose and fun.
“Calculate your mistakes. Make a fool of yourself. Say yes. And, ‘Scare the Boogey Monster.’”
At Brunswick, Foster practiced such precepts in the classroom, as a tri-sport athlete, and beyond. He graduated with a prestigious Classics Diploma, studying Latin and Greek at the highest level.
Yes, it’s true: Not even Caesar’s De Bello Gallico or Virgil’s Aeneid could scare the young Foster off course. He was known to do the same on the athletic fields, where he stood out as a member of the varsity soccer and hockey teams. He was elected captain of both highly competitive squads for his senior season, and was in line to start as a goalie for nationally-ranked varsity lacrosse team before the season was canceled.
With such a huge time commitment on the playing fields, you would think he had very little time for anything else. But he was also involved in community service, having run a fundraiser in support of the Semper Fi, which provides urgently needed resources and support for combat wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Foster said he was honored to work to support Semper Fi, given his grandfather’s service.
“It’s a really good, honest charity,” he said.
He was also a Senior Leader this year at Brunswick’s Vermont Campus, and junior year he started a new Brunswick club to support the Mustard Seed Communities in Jamaica. He and classmates Kyle Raker and Jack Griffin visited the country in 2018 through a mission trip run by Foster’s church, St. Thomas More of Darien.
The trio spent a week serving abandoned children with disabilities, and also lending some muscle to repair roofs and walkways.
“We saw what good work these heroes were doing,” Foster said.
The club continued its work through the earliest days of the pandemic, raising $2,500 from t-shirt sales for the Mustard Seed Communities.
Foster selected the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for college.